Elements of Sci-Fi in My Crime Film Enough to be Dangerous

What, I Make Movies Now?

I wrote, produced, and starred in a short detective film called Enough to be Dangerous, which premiered at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival in 2015. Although noirish, Enough to be Dangerous is actually a classic mystery: a problem is presented; a detective character leads the audience through the wilderness of clues and red herrings; finally, the problem is solved with rational thinking. Film noir—with its inputs including surrealism—never had those strict mystery genre requirements.

The most difficult constraint with this story was the brevity. The script compressed a three-act mystery narrative into 32 pages. Characters were designed to have depth in the form of many skills and hints of untold backstory, yet they’re cliché enough for quick assimilation by the audience.

It didn’t really come out how I wanted it too. I’d love to get a newer, better (and properly budgeted) version made as a feature or as a series. I submitted it to Elijah Wood’s company but I haven’t heard back…

You can watch the entire 35-min film right now for free:

More links and Press Kit on the official page: http://imaginarydanger.com/etbd

Science Fiction in Enough to be Dangerous?

Although Enough to be Dangerous is a thriller / crime drama, the plot depends on various science fiction concepts:

  1. The instigating crime results from abuse of telepresence and human-controlled surgical robots. These are actually real-life nascent fields. In the film, I show a potential way in which teleoperated medical manipulators could become weapons. However, as a transhumanist and biotech robotics programmer myself, I am definitely not trying to demonize this technology.
  2. The concept of product “cloning” is used, i.e. high-tech knockoffs. Again, this is based on real life scenarios of counterfeit goods manufactured in secret factories.
  3. The main character, Herbert Drome (a private investigator), uses and abuses memory enhancement drugs. They are referred to at one point as “nootropics”—in reality, the term nootropics covers not only memory enhancement but also attention, motivation, etc.

In Enough to be Dangerous, the nootropics are stolen prescriptions sold by a drug dealer. Unfortunately, they are addictive. Advanced memory abilities gives Herbert an edge for recalling and comparing subtle clues.

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